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Why Hasn't BCCI Yet Announced Gautam Gambhir as India's New Head Coach?

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The impending announcement of India's next head coach has everyone on the edge of their seats. As whispers turn into conversations and speculation mounts, the cricketing fraternity is holding its breath, waiting for the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to unveil its chosen successor.

Why India's head coach reveal is taking longer than expected?

As the curtain falls on Rahul Dravid's illustrious tenure with the Indian team, crowned by a T20 World Cup victory, all eyes are on Gautam Gambhir, likely to be the next head coach

However, his official appointment seems to be caught in the slow over of bureaucracy, primarily due to ongoing salary negotiations.

The former Indian opener has emerged as the frontrunner for the prestigious role after Dravid opted not to continue. 

The selection process, led by the Cricket Advisory Committee comprising Ashok Malhotra, Jatin Paranjape, and Sulakshana Naik, saw Gambhir and former coach WV Raman as the primary candidates.

Despite Gambhir's imminent selection being an open secret, highlighted by his recent farewell shoot with Kolkata Knight Riders at Eden Gardens, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has yet to seal the deal.

Sources close to the matter indicate that the delay hinges on the "final stages of salary negotiations" between Gambhir and the BCCI.

According to a report from The Indian Express, the BCCI's advertisement hinted at a negotiable salary package, promising remuneration commensurate with the candidate's experience. 

The negotiations are understandably complex, as Gambhir's expected salary is set to surpass Rahul Dravid's annual ₹12 crore.

It is worth mentioning that this coaching role marks Gambhir's maiden national-level assignment. 

His previous stints were limited to mentoring roles in the Indian Premier League (IPL) with teams like Lucknow Super Giants and Kolkata Knight Riders, the latter of which resulted in a title win after a decade.

Moreover, the BCCI plans to open applications for the support staff soon, as the contracts of the current batting, bowling, and fielding coaches concluded after the T20 World Cup.